Did you know… … that today is Greek Philosopher’s Day? Plato, one of the great Greek philosophers and author of The Republic and other books, was born on May 21, 429 B.C. ~~~ Today’s Inspirational Quote: “Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort,you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, you cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.” — Plato
Referred to me during a lunch break at the university, “Escape from Reason” by Francis Schaeffer.
It is called, “a penetrating analysis of trends in modern thought”.
I am looking to delve into the content to do a little analyzing myself. A few things have caught my attention, let alone the reference within the material to art history, one of my most beloved subjects for it encompasses all walks of life through philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, etc. etc.
Now, due to the fact I attend a Christian college, the book is, of course, written with the concept of Christianity being a main focus. It relates to how each of these categories, falling under art history, are intertwined with Christian beliefs.
Chpt. 3 touches on sexuality-
“The twentieth-century pornographic writers all trace their origin to the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814). The twentieth century now treats him as a very important man — he is no longer just a dirty writer. A generation ago, if anyone was found with one of his books in England he was liable to have difficulties with the law. Today he has become a great name in drama, in philosophy, in literature. All the nihilistic black writers, the writers in revolt, look back to de Sade. Why? Not only because he was a dirty writer, or even that he has taught them how to use sexual writing as a vehicle for philosophic ideas, but also basically he was a chemical determinist. He understood the direction that things would have to take when man is included in the machinery.”
But how does one view the material if they are of another religion?
What points of intellectual debate are founded for the Gnostic, the Atheist, the children of Modernism?
These are questions I will ask myself as I begin to read.
Many spiritual teachers of re-incarnation say that every person’s soul purpose is nothing more–and nothing less–than to experience joy, expansion and the growth of wisdom and compassion, lifetime after lifetime. Exactly how that joyful expansion and growth are accomplished, however, is up to each individual, evolving soul. But what if you do not believe in re-incarnation?
What is the purpose of the “Soul”?
(weighing the soul)
I myself cannot say, nor can I even begin to tell you what you should or shouldn’t believe. Every interpretation is made by mankind with egotistical thoughts that his way of belief is the right way. The only thing best said is you all have to find the answer you feel to be true within yourselves, through struggle and searching. Is your answer the right answer? Who can say? We are like sands shifted by winds of new information of research and science and experience. We never know what things within our lives may have an impact on our ways of thinking.
But what if re-incarnation were a fact and not myth? Do you suppose we would live differently?
The Jewish believe in preparing the soul for a better life in the next world, is that not re-incarnation?
(to get a better view of of their belief, visit: http://www.jewishmag.com/28mag/soul/soul.htm )
The Christians believe that the soul is raised from death to life again into a new body, heaven and earth. Is that not also a re-incarnation?
The same with the Native American peoples, many believed you were reborn as an animal and became a spirit guide.
( Kicking Bird)
For those who are interested in or follow the karmic-driven life, you will find this excerpt on actualizing the soul’s purpose interesting, if nothing else.
” it’s important to remember that there’s a big difference between soul purpose and life purpose. Your soul purpose is conceived of and directed by your eternal self, your Soul, and usually unfolds in stages that can last several lifetimes. You could call each stage the Soul’s “current mission.” Your life purpose, on the other hand, is basically a set of goals and objectives which were developed by your Soul specifically for this present incarnation, with the intent of furthering your Soul’s current mission.
And when you, as your Soul, sit down at the Big Conference Table in the Sky to plot out your next lifetime’s goals and objectives, you’re not alone. With you are usually many members of your soul family, individuals who have traveled with you through several lifetimes, or a few, and who join you in plotting an intricate web of interconnecting life threads, encounters that will assist or challenge you, and them, to make the most of your coming incarnation.
Together you plan when and where you’ll meet. You cheerfully build in obstacle courses and synchronicities to keep things interesting. You decide on gifts and difficulties for your individual personalities, and whether you will take the role of friend, lover, family, Spirit Guide–or even enemy–this time around. And just to keep things suspenseful, you give each Soul’s incarnated personality the free will privilege of “opting out” of any Agreement, at any time, perhaps with karmic consequences, perhaps not, depending on how you make your choices, and why.
Your Soul Agreements are the result of all this creative brainstorming among Eternal Beings. And, while it is not true for everyone, many people discover that nearly every one of their important relationships has a Soul Agreement.
There are a number of ways to recognize the existence of a Soul Agreement in a relationship, although the specific parameters of the agreement aren’t always so easy to pinpoint. Always, the relationships are intense and full of meaning. Usually, when you meet there’s a sense of recognition that’s irresistible, and that can be misinterpreted by your personality or ego, especially when the possibility for romance exists. Often the relationship has built-in challenges or obstacles that require effort and commitment to overcome. Conversely, it can be so easy in the beginning that when obstacles do appear, it’s shocking, and can cause the relationship to collapse.
What if the parent or sibling who caused the most difficulty and heartache in your youth is actually a friend from prior lifetimes, one who agreed to take on the unpleasant task of helping you build your emotional and spiritual strength through challenge? Or to help you to balance karma by learning to treat them, in all their awfulness, with forgiveness and unconditional love?
Or perhaps you and another member of your soul clan will decide to spend a few lifetimes meeting and loving, but unable to find your way to happily ever after. Perhaps this choice will help you each develop your capacity for faith, your trust in the long-term, many-lifetime promise of consummated love, or your ability to give and receive wholehearted, unconditional love in spite of conditions. Or so that at least one of you will be forced to develop self-reliance or understand that change at any time in life can be better and not always worse than what you hoped.
It’s not always easy to divine the intent behind Soul Agreements, especially the ones that are painful, usually because when you’re focused on the personality level, you lack the necessary perspective. But your Angels and Spirit Guides can often help you at least understand what your Soul wants you to learn from the experience.
When you look at each of your relationships as though they contain a Soul Agreement, you get a whole new perspective about the purpose and meaning of what’s happening between you. When you look at it from a Soul perspective, even when you haven’t figured out the details of a particular Agreement, suddenly things become less personal, the drama that accompanies personality conflicts dissipates magically, and you are freed to learn the things that your Soul had in mind when it created the Agreement before you were ever born.”
Where are your thoughts on all of this?
Woody Allen released a new film last summer, ” Whatever Works”. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.
(Quote from movie)
Boris Yellnikoff: . . . “That’s why I can’t say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works. And don’t kid yourself. Because its by no means up to your own human ingenuity. A bigger part of your existence is luck, than you’d like to admit. Christ, you know the odds of your fathers one sperm from the billions, finding the single egg that made you? Don’t think about it, you’ll have a panic attack.”
So, enjoy all of life’s pleasures today, from the greatest to the smallest. It’s important that you’re open-minded when appreciating the best things in life, whether you’re walking barefoot in the park or living large in a stretch limo. Try to remain fully present in your body and embody each action — that should keep you more aware of what’s going on, but also better your ability to enjoy your time on earth.
“What would it be like if…?”, “What if…”
Oh,…at this moment there is a heart beating to know and one that already knows and still yearns for “what if there was more?” More what? You can answer that one for yourself. Then there are those who might be out there wandering the negative side of that argument. In the end, all of us have at times in our lives wondered, “what if this…?”, “what if that…?”.
Actually, “IF” is an infinite thing filled with trillions of details that hang in the threads of the imagination, like weepings of willow strands waiting to be plucked in through the words or deeds of one’s own imagination or creation. “IF” happens to be a favorite word of anyone who has ever dared to dream. Good night,…and remember, in the old words of Albert Einstein, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”
For it is due to curiosity that anything ever was done. Right?